A Fancy Beaded Rope For a Lampwork Glass Pendant

My local farmer’s market is one of my favorite places to buy handmade glass beads and handmade jewelry. Last Sunday, I stopped over to see my good friend Annie who makes lampwork glass beads, and picked up a beautiful little glass leaf.

Annie was one of my first lampworking friends back when I started learning how to make glass beads as I was teaching myself how to do bead-weaving. Now, I have a whole drawer full of her amazing glass creations, including a handful of smaller pressed glass leaves that she made, but there was something about the colors of this pretty pendant that inspired me to whip up a quick beaded rope so that I could wear it right away.

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Spiral rope is my go-to beaded rope for when I want a quick beaded necklace to show off a pendant, but for this one, I decided to add a bit of texture by using some little 3mm drop beads that I’ve been hoarding. And because I was feeling like quite the impatient beader, I used size 8 beads for my core in this particular spiral rope.

I chose my seed bead colors based on the delicate flecks of color I saw in the handmade glass leaf. Annie has been working with borosilicate glass for a very long time, and I love the way she brings out the colors of the glass.

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To my delight, the beaded rope fit neatly right through the hanging loop of the glass pendant. I had assumed that I would need to bridge that gap between sides by stringing a few size 11 seed beads to fit through the hole, but the spiral rope was just dainty enough to fit comfortably with a little bit of wiggle room.

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And in keeping with the tree/leaf/branch theme, I dug up a pretty toggle clasp from Nunn Design to finish my quick little beaded rope.

Finished-beaded-rope-necklaA few hours spent with my beads while I watched a movie, and there it is, ready to go!

Are you ready to “branch out” and learn some new techniques for beaded ropes? Take a look at the fantastic beading resources included in the new Beaded Ropes Collection. You’ll get access to 5 different video downloads including Beaded Ropes with Jill Wiseman and Cubic Right-angle Weave: Prismatic Right-angle Weave and More Shaping Techniques with Marcia DeCoster. You’ll also learn about using two-holed seed beads for making beaded ropes, bead crochet ropes, and Chenille stitch ropes! It’s never been easier to download your Beaded Ropes Collection and start learning how to stitch beautiful beaded ropes right away.

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For more beaded rope fun, don’t miss out on Jean Cox Campbell’s CraftU Power Session about beaded ropes! You can access this 5-day online course from anywhere, and follow along at your own pace as you learn how to make beaded ropes using 7 different off-loom bead-weaving techniques.

Get ready to learn the ropes with these great resources from Beading Daily!

Bead Happy,

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Jennifer

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